COVID-related recommendations to stay inside may have helped some patients avoid serious heart complications.

Patients who were evaluated by a cardiologist were much more likely to undergo stress testing, transthoracic echocardiography and coronary angiography.

“The clinical implications of this discovery are significant,” one researcher said. 

The study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, included data from nearly 374,000 adult patients. 

Ordering two additional exams helped provide key details for 84% of women included in the study. All patients had already undergone an angiogram. 

PCI patients who used marijuana had an increased risk of bleeding events and stroke following the procedure.

The patch harvests energy from each heartbeat, allowing it to operate with no external power source. 

The researchers emphasized the value of green leafy vegetables, yellow vegetables, whole grains, coffee, tea and wine.

Underweight patients, meanwhile, had the highest mortality rates following hospitalization for ACS. 

ICU admission was also much more likely for patients with elevated troponin levels. 

While metoprolol was linked with limiting infarct size, two other beta-blockers—atenolol and propranolol—were not associated with such improvements.

Ongoing studies related to seasonal influenza are suddenly getting more attention than before.